Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthOctober 5, 1891
Place of BirthMorborne, Peterboro, Huntingdonshire
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinMrs. W. Spendlow (Mother), 37 Church Street, Manground, Peterboro, England
Trade / CallingFireman
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number439267
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion52nd Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Address at EnlistmentKenora, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentMay 22, 1915
Age at Enlistment23
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathOctober 24, 1962
Age at Death71
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

Spendlow, Ernest Parker

My dad, Ernest Parker Spendlow, was born on October 5, l889 in Morborne Peterborough, County of Huntingdonshire England.  His parents were William Spendlow and Eliza Mary Spendlow (maiden name Parker).  He had an older brother, William, an older sister, Harriet and a younger sister Florence.

Ernest immigrated to Canada in 1911 coming directly to Kenora as one of the ‘Peterborough Boys’ to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway residing in the YMCA building which is now the Royal Canadian Legion building. He worked firstly as a wiper, then in 1912 was promoted to Fireman and then in 1930 promoted to Engineer.  He retired from the CPR on November 1,1954 and passed away on October 24, 1962.  He is buried in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

Ernest enlisted in the 52nd  Battalion in Kenora on May 22, 1915.  On June 15th, 1915 the men were moved under canvas at Gresley Park in Port Arthur where they underwent basic training until November 4th  when they were moved to Saint John New Brunswick arriving there on November 8th  1915.    On November 22nd  they left Canada aboard the S.S. California for England.   In this draft there were 52 lads from Kenora.

They arrived at Plymouth, England in early December 1915.  They moved first to Witley Camp in Surrey and then later to Bramshott.  On February 20th  1916 they sailed from Southampton to Le Havre in France arriving there on February 21st.   From there they were moved to Poperinghe in Belgium and then on foot to Ecke. On February 23rdthe 52nd  battalion was brigaded  with the 43rd, 58th  and 60th  battalions to form the 9th  Canadian  Infantry Brigade.

The unit saw action in Ypres, Kemmel, Fletre, Maple Copse, Hooge, Byng and Vimy Ridge.  On November 11, 1918 the 52nd  Battalion moved into Belgium where they celebrated Armistice Day.  Ernest returned to England on February 10, 1919  and returned to Canada on the SS Olympic from Southampton on March 17, 1919.  He was discharged in Port Arthur, Ontario on March 31, 1919 and returned then to Kenora where he married Christina Sibbald Lawson.

In the Second World War his son, Morven Ernest Spendlow, served with the Lake Superior Regiment which was based out of Port Arthur  as the 52nd  Battalion had been.

Prepared by Olivemae Sveinsson (daughter)

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